Flooding grant scheme opens

The grant scheme designed to reduce the risks of flooding has opened for applications, the Government has announced.

Homeowners and businesses flooded between 1 December 2013 and 31 March 2014 can apply for a Government grant of up to £5,000 through their local council.

The grant is to help with the costs of buying and installing new measures to tackle future flooding. This could include new driveway barriers or replacing doors and windows with water resistant alternatives.

Additional measures have been launched to support those recently affected:

  • Affected businesses will get 100 per cent business rate relief for 3 months
  • Business taxes owed to HMRC will be relaxed for 3 months
  • A £10 million fund has been set up for farmers suffering from water-logged fields
  • £10 million will also be made available through the Rural Development Programme
  • Fishermen can access grants of up to £5,000 to replace damaged gear.

Environment Minister Dan Rogerson, said:

"I would urge anyone who was flooded to apply for a grant to become more flood resilient. This support, coupled with the government's record investment in flood defences, will ensure we are better protected from the risk of flooding in the future."

Aiden Kerr, assistant director and head of property at the Association of British Insurers, said:

"The industry welcomes measures such as the Government's Repair and Renew Grant, which opens today, as a way to help homeowners and businesses minimise the damage, disruption and trauma they face if flooded.

"To ensure that as many people benefit from the grant as possible we want to see local councils taking as pragmatic a view as possible when assessing applications. We also want to see all applications assessed quickly so the repair process is not unduly delayed."